MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Governments in the Asia and Pacific region are taking a closer look at public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a way to achieve quality healthcare programs in their respective countries.
“PPPs in the health sector can help meet infrastructure needs and improve service delivery,” said Stephen Groff, Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Vice-President for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.
The international event, “PPPs in Health Manila 2012,” brings together policy makers, local and international health advocates, private health investors and local chief executives to discuss the benefits and challenges of PPP approaches in the health sector. Conference participants will share international experiences and good practices in PPPs for health services.
PPPs are innovative, long-term contractual arrangements for developing infrastructure and providing public services by introducing private sector funds and expertise in areas that are normally the responsibility of the government.
An international PPP specialist center on health will be launched during the conference. The center, which will be housed in the Philippines’ Department of Health, will be the focal point in identifying, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating best PPP healthcare practices worldwide. The center is a joint effort of the Government of the Philippines and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
The three-day forum, to be held in the Philippines from 23 to 25 October, includes a side event for prospective private investors, lending agencies, and key support agencies to discuss PPP ideas for the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC). The proposed hospital is envisioned to be a leading center for bone and joint diseases, trauma, and rehabilitation medicine.
ADB is providing technical assistance, funded by the Government of Japan, to support the Philippine government to develop and promote PPP modalities in the health sector, develop incentives and operational strategies in support of PPP in health service delivery under the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PHIC) and to enhance national and local capacity for promoting and implementing PPP in the health sector.
The PPP forum is jointly organized by ADB, the Philippines’ Department of Health, Development Bank of the Philippines, PHIC, UNECE, and the World Health Organization.